Thursday, 10 September 2009

Glyn Rowland

…de la County Times:

The streets of Corris were packed last week as people turned out in their hundreds to celebrate the life of Glyn Rowlands, a leading member of the Free Wales Army.

71-year-old Glyn Rowlands passed away at Bronglais Hospital on August 22. His funeral took place at Capel Salem. The chapel was full to capacity and there was also a large crowd outside.

Glyn, a former caretaker at the Corris Institute, was a hugely popular figure in Corris and Machynlleth for his support of the Welsh language and the country’s culture.

But he will be best known for his role in the Free Wales Army, a paramilitary Welsh nationalist organisation, formed out of Lampeter, by William Julian Cayo-Evans in 1963.

Glyn, a member of the group’s anti-investiture committee, was opposed to the naming of an Englishman as Prince of Wales and in 1969 was one of nine members arrested and charged with public order offences.

The trial, in Swansea, lasted 53 days, ending on the day of the investiture. On the first day of the trial the defendants were greeted with an impromptu recital of
Land of My Fathers from the public gallery.

The Army’s motto was “Fe godwn ni eto,” Welsh for “We shall rise again.”...

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